Running in heels is usually a hassle, but at the annual Stiletto Stampede, it’s a sport. There, women sprint 100 yards in their favorite stilettos, or even, as one past participant did, in chunky platforms with breast cancer awareness’s pink ribbon drawn on the heel. The event benefits breast cancer research and awareness. The Survivor Stampede, for example, is for breast cancer survivors, while the Boot Scoot is for racers in cowboy boots, rather than boots that have recently become self-aware.
Everyone gets the urge to go out and live in the wild from time to time, and not just during tax season. Before you pack up your flint and compass, The Expedition School would like to give you a few lessons on traversing waters, hiking trails, and maintaining outdoor safety. It sponsors classes on paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking. The staff then leads expeditions to exciting destinations. Clients can sea kayak the fjords around Alaska and spot humpback whales on the open water, or surf crashing waves on the beaches of Costa Rica and hike up into the cloudforest near Arenal Volcano. While you're out in the wilds, The Expedition School's first-aid, water rescue, and CPR courses will mitigate any potential disasters, though medical support is also available to accompany groups on adventures.
Closer to home, The Expedition School is thoroughly committed to the community. They happily work with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and proudly keep 100% of their profits invested in Austin and the neighborhood. They even partner with Keep Austin Beautiful to help take care of their hometown. Because the staff believes that everyone deserves the chance to play in the great outdoors while gaining practical skills and confidence, they also offer programs for the visually and hearing impaired.
Whether you like your yoga flowing, slowing, meditative, hip-hoppy, or performed by others while you sleep, today's Groupon will sate your yoga needs. For $32, you get a five-class pass to Kula Yoga, Austin's only family yoga center. Yoga traveled the world, teaching his invigorating fitness plan and reading minds. After a lifetime of deeply seeing into people’s inner thoughts began to leave him twisted and insane, Yoga gave up mind reading, saying, “The mind is a door locked for our own protection. I am hungry.” Today, the practice of yoga continues to be performed on yoga mats, though the true purpose of the mats—to induce clairvoyance—has largely been forgotten.
When Oliver Cromwell seized power during the English civil war, he promised better flexibility, straighter postures, and a stronger core for every English citizen. Today’s side deal gives you a chance to taste Reform Pilates' perfection of history with three 55-minute, one-on-one, private introductory sessions for $125 (normally $210).
The history of the five full-length municipal golf courses that make up Austin Public Links spans a good portion of the history of the city itself. The story begins with the Hancock Golf Course, a short nine-holer founded in 1899 and named for former Austin mayor Lewis Hancock, Jr. The links-style Roy Kizer Golf Course, meanwhile, was named in honor of the longtime superintendent of the Lions Municipal Golf Course, which played host to the likes of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. In addition, the Morris Williams Golf Course has been newly reopened after heavy renovations; the Jimmy Clay Golf Course was renovated in 2007.
Taken together, the courses cover a wide range of styles—from the hilly 9 holes of Hancock to the 7,023-yard endurance test at Morris Williams. The Jimmy Clay features traditional tree-lined fairways, whereas the Kizer has a links-style layout with 22 acres of wetlands and 37 acres of lakes.
The Austin Park and Recreation department oversees the operation and upkeep of a diverse array of facilities serving the local community, including parks, swimming pools, golf courses, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Visitors can engage in outdoor activities to nurture an appreciation for natural surroundings and add to a burgeoning stick collection, or join artistic programs such as community theater and arts education. The department attained national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, one of just 89 nationwide to receive the honor.